Maine Nonprofits, Asexual/Aromantic Characters, Vintage Radio Programs, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, March 2, 2019


Seacoast Online: New website connects Maine students to charities. “Zoe Siegel and Parker Harnett, sophomores at Yarmouth High School, have published a new database-driven website entitled ‘How to Help in Maine.’ They founded their organization ‘How to Help in Maine’ in November of 2018 because they realized that they had a lot of friends who wanted to help out in their community but were having trouble knowing how to get started.” Limited at the moment, still growing.

New-to-me: a database of asexual and aromantic characters in prose fiction. The database covers various types of asexual (demi, grey, etc) and is sortable by a variety of factors. From the front page: “… I think these tables have the potential to do what I set out to accomplish: allow asexual and aromantic people to find themselves in a wide range of stories. Our narratives are out there, but too often it’s hard to find more than the same handful of well-known (and sometimes not-that-great rep) recommendations.”


Stanford Libraries: Historic Standard Hour Radio Broadcasts Now Accessible in Searchworks. “The Archive of Recorded Sound, in collaboration with the Stanford Media Preservation Lab, recently completed the digitization and cataloging of 684 analog recordings of The Standard Hour radio broadcasts that occurred between 1938 and 1955.”


Lifehacker: Find Examples of Word Use With This Web App. “If you want to stretch outside your usual vocabulary and use a more colorful word, but you’re worried it’ll read like the paragraph above, try double-checking your word choice with the web app Ludwig.”


Reuters: Some Facebook content reviewers in India complain of low pay, high pressure. “On a busy day, contract employees in India monitoring nudity and pornography on Facebook and Instagram will each view 2,000 posts in an eight-hour shift, or almost four a minute.”

Digital Preservation Coalition: Together for Yes archive to be preserved in Digital Repository of Ireland. “The campaign, which was active during the months leading up to the referendum on the Eighth Amendment in May 2018, was the main civil society organisation advocating for a Yes vote. During its existence, Together For Yes generated a huge amount of digital content, including campaign branding, an official website, press releases, merchandise design and more. As part of its post-referendum work, Together for Yes organised a preservation and archiving initiative, of which membership of a trusted digital repository plays a key part. An archivist will work on ingesting the campaign’s public digital record as well as some business records and other materials.”

Ghana News Agency: Ghana Library Authority to digitize public libraries. “Mr Hayford Siaw, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Library Authority (GLA), will soon be digitizing all libraries the country to boost patronage. This, he said would see an increase in the number of e-libraries and the hosting of digital libraries to enhance accessibility and easy usage.”

WSFA: New database to be created to track all civil forfeitures. “Civil asset forfeitures are items used in the commission of a crime. Asset forfeitures generally include seized evidence like drugs, cash, cars and really anything used to further criminal activity. If law enforcement can prove a direct connection to that crime, a judge can turn that seizure over to them to use for law enforcement, often bridging the funding gap. Thursday, the District Attorney’s Association announced a civil asset forfeiture agreement to create a new, public database to hold the information about all seizures.”


Daily Report (Law .com): Regulating Off-Duty Social Media Activity Poses Conflicting Obligations. “With work bleeding into life more than ever (and vice versa), one issue commonly facing employers today is how to regulate off-duty social media comments made by employees that negatively impact the workplace. When employers learn of such conduct, they may be tempted to take adverse action against the offending employee(s). Depending on the nature of the comment, however, this may lead to legal liability. On the other hand, employers may be liable for not taking adverse action against employees for their social media activities, such as in the case of harassment. This article provides a high-level overview of these seemingly conflicting obligations and advice on how to navigate them.”

TorrentFreak: Scribd Files Complaint Against DRM Circumvention Tool. “Scribd has filed a complaint targeting a tool that allows users to permanently download books, audiobooks, magazines, and other digital content from its publishing platform. Scribd Downloader does require the user to have a Scribd subscription to operate fully, but the company says the tool breaches the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA.”

Kurdistan24: Iraq cybercrime law would ‘severely undermine’ free speech, say rights groups. “In a joint letter released on Friday, several Iraqi and international human rights and media organizations strongly urged the parliament in Baghdad to withdraw, or make significant critical changes to, a controversial internet bill now before it.”


Belfast Telegraph: Goretti Horgan: The world-famous CAIN Troubles archive must not be allowed to gather dust. “CAIN’s position as an active archive is currently under threat, as Ulster University says that external funding must be found to support the resource. The university will otherwise guarantee only that the site will remain as a static digital resource within the library and that this will happen during 2019. The university says that CAIN will remain available to the public and to scholars. But it is important people understand that, if CAIN is not kept active, there is a threat that a static resource could eventually die.” Good morning, Internet…

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